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John (Anderson) alias Shorthouse


8251 Private

2nd Battalion, K.O.S.B., 13th Infantry Brigade, 5th Division

Age: 32

Date of death: Killed in Action 18 November 1914

Buried: Menin Gate, Panel 22

Family history: Son of Andrew Shorthouse. Originally a resident of Maddiston he was the husband of Elizabeth Shorthouse, 122 Main Street, Bishopbriggs. He served as 'Shorthouse' although his real name was Anderson.

The action that lead to his death

The Battalion was in the line at Hooge. The War Diary entry indicates that they had been subjected to heavy shell fire since 8am from Trench Mortars.

(Linesman Map)


The War Diary describes the effect the weapon had on the men and the destructive effect:

‘Men are literally blown into several pieces if it lands near them.’

The trench that was occupied by ‘C’ Coy was very badly ‘knocked about’ & ‘C’ Coy had to be withdrawn 50 yards back into the wood and this avoided the Mortar. Battalion casualties were 5 dead and 15 wounded.


War Diary entry for 18 November 1914:




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